BMW model to chassis code reference

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August 24, 2017 by quirkyuncle@gmail.com

BMW assigns a chassis code to all models. Knowing this code is useful when purchasing parts or searching for technical information.


BMW models, such as the venerable 3-series, have been available for decades in a number of forms. How can you tell the individual modelswithin the series, which span several years each, apart? BMW chassis codes are the answer!

When looking for information or parts for my 2007 Z4, I’ve had much greater success searching with the model code E85. The problem is finding out what teh model code is for your particular vehicle. The following tables list the model and chassis codes for all BMW cars in production since the mid-1960s.

Automobile model years typically start being built in the middle of the previous calendar year. This information is listed on the vehicle identification label on your car. For newer BMWs, this label is typically affixed to the rear of the driver side doorframe.

The following photo shows the vehicle idenfication label for my 2007 Z4. The production date is 06/07, indicating that the car was built in June 2007, a date that is toward the end of production for the 2007 model year. The label also shows your car’s unique vehicle identification number, also known as the VI# or VIN. The VIN appears beneath the text shown in the below photo (omitted here for privacy purposes).


Z4 VIN label


The following websites are also very useful:

  • For additional information about BMW models and chassis codes, see Wikipedia BMW models.

  • For BMW parts look-up with an illustrated parts breakdown, see RealOEM.com.


BMW models and chassis codes sorted by model number

BMW models and chassis codes sorted by model number

Model Production Years Chassis Code
1-Series Convertible 2008+ E88
1-Series Coupe 2008+ E82
1-Series Hatchback 2013+ F20
2-Series Convertible 2014+ F23
2-Series Coupe 2014+ F22
2500-3.0 CS/i/L Coupes 1965-1975 E9
2500-3.3Li Sedan 1968-1977 E3
3-Series 1975-1983 E21
3-Series 1984-1991 E30
3-Series 1992-1999 E36
3-Series 1999-2005 E46
3-Series Convertible 2007-2010
2011-2013
E93
E93 LCI
3-Series Coupe 2007-2010
2011-2013
E92
E92 LCI
3-Series GT 2014+ F34
3-Series Sedan 2006-2008
2010-2012
E90
E90 LCI
3-Series Sedan
3-Series Sedan (updated)
2012-2015
2016+
F30
F30 LCI
3-Series Touring Wagon 2006-2008
2010-2012
E91
E90 LCI
3-Series Wagon 2013+ F31
318ti (compact) 1994-1998 E36/5
4-Series Convertible 2014+ F33
4-Series Coupe 2014+ F32
4-Series Gran Coupe 2015+ F36
5-Series 1972-1981 E12
5-Series 1982-1988 E28
5-Series 1989-1995 E34
5-Series 1997-1999
2000-2003
E39
E39 LCI
5-Series GT 2009+ F07
5-Series Sedan 2004-2006
2007-2010
E60
E60 LCI
5-Series Sedan 2010-2013
2014+
F10
F10 LCI
5-Series Touring Wagon 2011+ F11
5-Series Wagon 2004-2011 E61
6-Series 1977-1989 E24
6-Series Cabrio 2017 G14
6-Series Convertible 2005-2007
2008-2012
E64
E64 LCI
6-Series Convertible 2012+ F12
6-Series Coupe 2005-2007
2008-2012
E63
E63 LCI
6-Series Coupe 2012+ F13
6-Series Coupe 2017 G15
6-Series Gran Coupe 2012+ F06
6-Series Gran Coupe 2017 G16
7-Series 1977-1987 E23
7-Series 1987-1994 E32
7-Series 1995-1998
1999-2001
E38
E38 LCI
7-Series (long wheelbase) 2002-2004
2005-2009
E66
E65 LCI
7-Series (long wheelbase) 2008+ F02
7-Series (long wheelbase) 2016 G12
7-Series (short wheelbase) 2002-2004
2005-2009
E65
E65 LCI
7-Series (short wheelbase) 2008+ F01
7-Series (short wheelbase) 2016 G11
8-Series 1990-1998 E31
i3 Plug-in Electric City Car 2014+ i01
i8 Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car 2014+ i12
M1 1978-1981 E26
M2 Coupe 2016 F87
M3 Sedan 2015+ F80
M4 Convertible 2015+ F83
M4 Coupe 2015+ F82
X1 Sport Activity Vehicle 2009+ E84
X1 Sports Activity Vehicle 2016+ F48
X2 Sports Activity Vehicle 2016+ F47
X3 Sport Activity Vehicle 2003-2006
2007-2010
E83
E83 LCI
X3 Sport Activity Vehicle 2011+ F25
X4 Sport Activity Vehicle 2014+ F26
X5 2015+ F85
X5 Sport Activity Vehicle 2007-2010
2010-later
E70
E70 LCI
X5 Sport Activity Vehicle 2014+ F15
X5 Sports Activity Vehicle 2000-2003
2004-2006
E53
E53 LCI
X6 2015+ F86
X6 Sports Activity Coupe 2007+ E71
Z3 1997-2002 E36/7
Z4 / MZ4 Coupe 2006-2008 E86
Z4 / MZ4 Roadster 2003-2005
2006-2008
E85
E85 LCI
Z4 Convertible Coupe (hard top convertible) 2009+ E89
Z8 2000-2004 E52

BMW models and chassis codes sorted by chassis code

BMW models and chassis codes sorted by chassis code

Chassis Code Model Production Years
E3 2500-3.3Li Sedan 1968-1977
E9 2500-3.0 CS/i/L Coupes 1965-1975
E12 5-Series 1972-1981
E21 3-Series 1975-1983
E23 7-Series 1977-1987
E24 6-Series 1977-1989
E26 M1 1978-1981
E28 5-Series 1982-1988
E30 3-Series 1984-1991
E31 8-Series 1990-1998
E32 7-Series 1987-1994
E34 5-Series 1989-1995
E36 3-Series 1992-1999
E36/5 318ti (compact) 1994-1998
E36/7 Z3 1997-2002
E38
E38 LCI
7-Series 1995-1998
1999-2001
E39
E39 LCI
5-Series 1997-1999
2000-2003
E46 3-Series 1999-2005
E52 Z8 2000-2004
E53
E53 LCI
X5 Sports Activity Vehicle 2000-2003
2004-2006
E60
E60 LCI
5-Series Sedan 2004-2006
2007-2010
E61 5-Series Wagon 2004-2011
E63
E63 LCI
6-Series Coupe 2005-2007
2008-2012
E64
E64 LCI
6-Series Convertible 2005-2007
2008-2012
E65
E65 LCI
7-Series (short wheelbase) 2002-2004
2005-2009
E66
E65 LCI
7-Series (long wheelbase) 2002-2004
2005-2009
E70
E70 LCI
X5 Sport Activity Vehicle 2007-2010
2010-later
E71 X6 Sports Activity Coupe 2007+
E82 1-Series Coupe 2008+
E83
E83 LCI
X3 Sport Activity Vehicle 2003-2006
2007-2010
E84 X1 Sport Activity Vehicle 2009+
E85
E85 LCI
Z4 / MZ4 Roadster 2003-2005
2006-2008
E86 Z4 / MZ4 Coupe 2006-2008
E88 1-Series Convertible 2008+
E89 Z4 Convertible Coupe (hard top convertible) 2009+
E90
E90 LCI
3-Series Sedan 2006-2008
2010-2012
E91
E90 LCI
3-Series Touring Wagon 2006-2008
2010-2012
E92
E92 LCI
3-Series Coupe 2007-2010
2011-2013
E93
E93 LCI
3-Series Convertible 2007-2010
2011-2013
F01 7-Series (short wheelbase) 2008+
F02 7-Series (long wheelbase) 2008+
F06 6-Series Gran Coupe 2012+
F07 5-Series GT 2009+
F10
F10 LCI
5-Series Sedan 2010-2013
2014+
F11 5-Series Touring Wagon 2011+
F12 6-Series Convertible 2012+
F13 6-Series Coupe 2012+
F15 X5 Sport Activity Vehicle 2014+
F20 1-Series (hatchback) 2013+
F22 2-Series Coupe 2014+
F23 2-Series Convertible 2014+
F25 X3 Sport Activity Vehicle 2011+
F26 X4 Sport Activity Vehicle 2014+
F30
F30 LCI
3-Series Sedan
3-Series Sedan (updated)
2012-2015
2016+
F31 3-Series Wagon 2013+
F32 4-Series Coupe 2014+
F33 4-Series Convertible 2014+
F34 3-Series GT 2014+
F36 4-Series Gran Coupe 2015+
F47 X2 Sports Activity Vehicle 2016+
F48 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle 2016+
F80 M3 Sedan 2015+
F82 M4 Coupe 2015+
F83 M4 Convertible 2015+
F85 X5 2015+
F86 X6 2015+
F87 M2 Coupe 2016
G11 7-Series (short wheelbase) 2016
G12 7-Series (long wheelbase) 2016
G14 6-Series Cabrio 2017
G15 6-Series Coupe 2017
G16 6-Series Gran Coupe 2017
i01 i3 Plug-in Electric City Car 2014+
i12 i8 Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car 2014+

See any errors? Please make comment and let me know!



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